Discovery India will unravel the trials and tribulations of aspiring cricketers in a new show All ACCESS: The CONTENDERS.
The new show will take viewers through the journey of sacrifice and discipline of six aspiring cricketers who are ready to give it all as they dream to be the next T20 stars. The cricketers whose journey has been covered as a part of the show include Shivam Dube (all-rounder from Mumbai), Kamlesh Nagarkoti (fast bowler from Barmer, Rajasthan), Ishan Porel (medium pacer from Chandan Nagar, West Bengal), Harvik Desai (Wicket keeper-batsman from Bhav Nagar, Gujarat), and brothers Anmolpreet Singh (Batsman) & Prabhsimran Singh (Wicketkeeper-batsman) from Patiala, Punjab.
The All ACCESS: The CONTENDERS show will give young aspirants a glimpse of what coaches, franchisees and team management look at while identifying their picks in this cricket frenzy nation. It also brings to the forefront how difficult it is to stay relevant in the ever-changing dynamics of the shorter format of the game, emphasizing on why it’s just not about that one moment of glory but to live up and maintain that success day in and out.
The 4-part series All ACCESS: The CONTENDERS will be aired every Tuesday, starting April 09 on Discovery channel and Discovery HD World at 21:00 hrs. The on-air broadcast of ALL ACCESS: THE CONTENDERS has attracted marqueesponsors in the likes of Hotstar VIP, Vivo Mobiles, Safari Bags and Servo Futura G+ from Indian Oil.
Speaking about the concept of the show, Zulfia Waris, Vice President, Premium & Digital networks, Discovery Communications India, said, “All ACCESS: The CONTENDERS provides a Discovery lens to the journey of budding Indian cricket stars who live a disciplined, devoted (to the extent of being monotonous lifestyle) where one practice session follows another as the players seek perfection in all facets of the game with a singular aim of being the next cricket super star of India. The stiff competition in India’s most popular game only heightens the uncertainty as only best of the best will have a real shot to fame.”
The show features eminent ex-cricketers, experts and coaches including Virender Sehwag, Kiran More, Irfan Pathan, Graeme Smith (South Africa), Jonty Rhodes (South Africa), Tom Moody (Australia) and experts like Ayaz Memon, Joy Bhattacharjya, franchise owner like Parth Jindal (co-owner Delhi Capitals), who give viewers an understanding on how this glory isn’t as easy and quick as it seems.
“A lot of kids today are playing and taking cricket as a professional career choice. Making a name isn’t easy in this environment, it is not just about being good, but one also needs to be talented and have the ability to convert their talent to performance,” points out former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag. “If a youngster who has made it to the big league can continuously convert his talent to performances only then they can have a secure future and hope to play 10-12 years and earn a lot of money.”
Highlighting the emergence of cricketers from smaller towns, former cricketer and selection committee member, Kiran More,says, “The smaller towns kids are hungrier and their determination to succeed is also higher. They want to do well, they want to prove a point, and show the world that we are talented, we can perform. Nobody thought that we will get a captain from Jharkhand a decade back, but Captain Dhoni proved everybody wrong. There’s no stopping growth for the right talent.”
Virender Sehwag adds, “If you look at 80’s and 90’s, there were lots of players from metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai etc. However, this seems to be changing. Now, smaller town representation in Indian team has increased.”
Highlighting the contribution of family in Indian context, Australian Cricketer Tom Moody, emphasizes, “Behind that cricket, behind that cover drive is some one who has got family, siblings, and a lot of support.”
Will these aspiring cricketers make it big? What is in store for them? Catch All ACCESS: The CONTENDERS every Tuesday starting April 09 at 21:00 hrs on Discovery and Discovery HD World.